Carroll Sheriff's Office announces additional Halloween patrols
10/25/2013
Baltimore Sun - Online

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The Carroll County Sheriff's Office said it will begin additional traffic patrols this weekend in advance of Halloween.

On Halloween, Sheriff's Deputies will have additional patrols in residential developments. Several of those patrols will be conducted jointly, with agents from the Maryland Department of Public Safety's Office of Community Supervision riding with Sheriff's Deputies as they conduct checks of registered sex offenders, according to the release.

The Sheriff's Office is urging motorists to follow these tips for safe Halloween travel:

•Designate your sober drive before going out and give that person your keys

•If you're impaired, call a taxi, a sober friend, or a family member to help get you home safely

•Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement

Additionally, the Sheriff's Office encourages parental supervision and involvement during Trick-or-Treat festivities, including the following safety tips:

•Know your trick-or-treaters' route

•Take a flashlight

•Be sure costumes, shoes and treat bags are safe

•Remind kids not to enter strangers' homes or cars

•Set rules about not eating treats until kids get home, and inspect all treats before allowing kids to eat them

•Candy that has been opened should be thrown away and homemade treats or fruit inspected closely

•Remember drivers have a hard time seeing people, especially at dusk

•Never cross the street from between parked cars

•Watch open flames from jack-o-lanterns as they can catch costumes and long wigs on fire

•Make sure that fake knives, swords, and guns are made from cardboard or other flexible materials to avoid accidental injury or worse, have them mistaken for the real thing

Residents are asked to report any suspicious or criminal activity to the Sheriff's Office or local police agency.